In a column for the Washington Post, political observer Colbert King suggests that Donald Trump will exercise his presidential prerogatives and pardon former aides convicted of crimes associated with himself or his campaign because his base seems to not care what he does while in office.
According to the columnist: it’s not a matter of if, but of when.
“The future isn’t promised, but it is a good bet that three felons and close allies of President Trump — Roger Stone (found guilty of obstruction of a congressional investigation, witness tampering and lying to Congress), Paul Manafort (serving a prison sentence for tax evasion and bank fraud) and Michael Flynn (pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI) — will be granted executive clemency,” he writes.
“Trump’s safest course of action would be to wait to do the dirty deed until after Election Day, Nov. 3, 2020. Trump’s impulsiveness, however, is a wild card,” he writes “Impeached or not, Trump can still grant pardons without fear of a citizens’ revolt — once the polls close. Even if the voters serve him with an eviction, Trump can still cut his boys loose, provided he acts before turning off the lights in the Oval Office.”
According to King, Trump simply doesn’t care about looking unethical, only the exercise of power.
“The Stone, Manafort and Flynn prediction is offered with confidence because of Trump’s demonstrated disregard for the integrity of the criminal-justice system,” he explained. “That disdain was on display in his recent chiseling of the military judicial process. Against the advice of experienced, respected leaders in the Pentagon, Trump intervened in three cases involving war-crimes accusations, overturning decisions of military juries and issuing full pardons to two soldiers convicted of war crimes, as well as reversing disciplinary action against a third service member, Chief Petty Officer Edward Gallagher, a Navy SEAL.”
“Trump doesn’t think rules apply to him,” King asserted. “With that presidential mind-set, Stone, Manafort and Flynn can rest easy this holiday season. Help is on the way; it’s only a matter of time.”
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Trump Tells Senate Republicans He Wants Payroll Tax Cuts Through November Election
President Donald Trump appears to be using the powers of his office and the fear surrounding the coronavirus pandemic to help him win re-election.
On Tuesday the President met with Senate Republicans on Capitol Hill. Bloomberg News reports Trump told GOP lawmakers “that he wants a payroll tax holiday through the November election so that taxes won’t go back up before voters decide whether to return him to office.”
Trump first announced the idea of payroll tax cuts Monday evening, and promised he would have a “major” and “dramatic” economic program to unveil before the American people in just 24 hours. His remarks “stunned” White House staffers, because had been no such plan.
Trump’s Dead of Night Tweet Bashing His DOJ Leads Many to Say He’s Going to Pardon Roger Stone – and Flynn and Manafort
Is President Donald Trump paving the way to pardon his best buddies, the former campaign advisors who helped him win the White House?
The answer to that question may be in a tweet Trump posted in the dead of night. Clearly something was bothering him at 1:48 AM, nearly an hour after he had returned to the White House from his short New Hampshire MAGA rally.
“This is a horrible and very unfair situation. The real crimes were on the other side, as nothing happens to them. Cannot allow this miscarriage of justice!” Trump tweeted, responding to a tweet from a reporter for a far right wing website lamenting the 7 to 9 year sentence federal prosecutors are asking a judge impose on Roger Stone.
This is a horrible and very unfair situation. The real crimes were on the other side, as nothing happens to them. Cannot allow this miscarriage of justice! https://t.co/rHPfYX6Vbv
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 11, 2020
Don’t let that “Cannot allow this miscarriage of justice!” go unnoticed. It was written by the only person who literally can change that.
Stone, of course, is the self-described “dirty trickster” who has been best buddies with Donald Trump for decades. For a short time he was also a campaign advisor to Trump.
And Trump is literally bashing his own DOJ, whether he realizes it or not.
REMINDER: This case was investigated by the FBI under the leadership of HIS Director, and was prosecuted by DOJ lawyers led by HIS appointees. In other words, he is criticizing HIS OWN case. https://t.co/0Fm06St7Wd
— Greg Brower (@GregoryABrower) February 11, 2020
Many have long believed there is a pardon waiting to be drafted for Stone. Many also believe there’s one waiting for Mike Flynn, Trump’s off-the-rails disgraced former National Security Advisor, and one for Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort.
At least eight of Trump’s associates have been convicted of crimes since he became President.
So, are there pardons waiting in the wings?
Many say yes.
Anti-corruption crusader Donald Trump was up at 2am attacking his own DOJ to defend his friend, a convicted felon, who lied under oath to Congress and threatened a witness and the judge while trying hide his efforts to coordinate with Wikileaks https://t.co/aj8VurBIMn
— Robert Maguire (@RobertMaguire_) February 11, 2020
Either he’s gearing up to pardon this crony / criminal (Stone) or he’s getting ready to deploy Barr against perceived politics enemies. Or both.
— Elie Honig (@eliehonig) February 11, 2020
Expect pardons for Stone, Flynn and Manafort before this is all over. https://t.co/vzWmbckDxS
— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) February 11, 2020
In light of Trump’s tweet today about the “unfair” treatment of Roger Stone, and the likelihood of him giving him (and Flynn) a pardon — don’t forget Manafort, who never spilled the beans (and lied) to Mueller and who is a sword of Damocles over Trump as long as he’s in jail👇🏽 https://t.co/p2Y4p5hHEQ
— Asha Rangappa (@AshaRangappa_) February 11, 2020
This appears to be charade by Bill Barr to help Trump and Stone. How? Simple, DOJ recommended a VERY long sentence for Stone so Trump can now claim it’s a “miscarriage of justice” and pardon Stone. If DOJ had recommended a reasonable sentence, Trump wouldn’t be able to say this.
— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@DeanObeidallah) February 11, 2020
While you were sleeping, the president was teeing up another potential pardon for another criminal ally. https://t.co/NZ2BajNsKi
— Aaron Blake (@AaronBlake) February 11, 2020
Sounds like it’s a matter of when not if Trump pardons Rogers Stone https://t.co/aZBDMD7awg
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) February 11, 2020
Trump not only believes he’s above the law but so are the criminals who helped him win. Trump will pardon Roger Stone and his base will cheer it. He has primed them to replace the rule of law with the rule of Trump. Trump is how democracies die.
— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@DeanObeidallah) February 11, 2020
Can there be any doubt that a pardon is in the offing? Sheriff Joe was facing only a max of 6 months. Prosecutors are recommending (but won’t get) 7 to 9 years for Stone, chiefly due to his outlandish threats to @CredicoRandy https://t.co/k4n5Qrmx7f https://t.co/CUlsJbkCAi
— Josh Gerstein (@joshgerstein) February 11, 2020
Pardon already written. https://t.co/CNjg6nrGtD
— Don’t care. Defeat Trump. (@JagsMac) February 11, 2020
We all see this coming. Sooner or later, Stone will receive a pardon along with Flynn, Manafort et al.
Trump's ability to grant pardons is what keeps his criminal enterprise going. pic.twitter.com/D4U8bLIVTF
— Minh Ngo (@minhtngo) February 11, 2020
Shortly after the election, Trump pardons Roger Stone & Michael Flynn, commutes Manafort’s sentence.
He might commute Stone & Flynn’s sentence before the election (both are getting sentenced soon, Stone faces 7-9 years, Flynn possibly 6 months in prison). https://t.co/rmIoIeWbxs
— Scott Challeen (@ScottChalleen) February 11, 2020
He will never serve a day, now that Impeachment is over and trump feels emboldened there’s a pardon waiting in the wings. Not only Stone but Flynn and Manafort. Trump will probably do them all at the same time for the most impact and his base will eat it up. @gtconway3d @JoeNBC
— TIRED OF TRUMP (@HopePeace_810) February 11, 2020
Trump Rage-Tweets Attack on Vindman in Attempt to Destroy Decorated War Hero’s Reputation – Even After Revenge Firing
It wasn’t enough for President Donald Trump to extract revenge against Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman by firing him without cause late Friday afternoon. He then went and fired Vindman’s twin brother, who also works in the White House for the National Security Council. If that weren’t enough, the President then had both men escorted out of the building, as if they were criminals.
Revenge or retribution firings, as legal experts noted last night, are criminal offenses.
But Trump still wasn’t done.
After massive outrage on social media and even at the Democratic debate in New Hampshire Friday night, led by former Vice President Joe Biden who asked the audience to stand and applaud Vindman for courageously testifying before Congress, Trump went even further.
Saturday morning, in an apparent effort to destroy the highly-regarded Lt. Colonel, Trump launched a set of rage-induced tweets, falsely calling him “very insubordinate,” and falsely claiming he had been given “a horrendous report by his superior.”
In fact, Vindman’s review rated him a “top 1% military officer.”
….was given a horrendous report by his superior, the man he reported to, who publicly stated that Vindman had problems with judgement, adhering to the chain of command and leaking information. In other words, “OUT”.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 8, 2020
Lt. Col. Vindman is a twelve-time decorated war hero, including having received the Purple Heart for his service in the Iraq War.
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